August 20, 2014
Black Americans, Blogging, History, Law Enforcement, Prejudice, Race, zobop republic
Ferguson, LIFE, magazine, Missouri, Newark, riot
Hello zobopians! History always seem to have a way of repeating itself. In 1967 Newark a young kid, Joe Bass Jr., was gunned down in the streets during the riots there. Fast forward to 2014 Ferguson, Missouri and another young kid gets gunned down in the street. No less by cops in both situations! We never seem to learn from our own or anyone’s mistakes. We citizens of Black America keep crossing the same rivers of blood. Our own blood no less.
Here are two pictures from LIFE magazine, 1967, to ponder the ‘deja vu’ of our existence in America.
young kid gunned down in Newark 1967
cover of LIFE magazine 1967
August 8, 2014
America, Chicago, Economics, Self Development, Society, zobop republic
Chicago, economics, money, panhandle, zobopians
Hello fellow zobopians. I’ve been gathering my thoughts on this subject: panhandlers. Are we becoming a Nation of Panhandlers? Is the American economy that bad? I would think so when I walk/travel through my community in Chicago. It seems like everyone, (male and female; young and old), is constantly asking me for spare change. Walking down a lonely street or whatever, in some instance I’m the only one in sight, I’ll pass another pedestrian and I get asked if I have money to give to him. It just seems so casual-like. It makes me feel uneasy.
Most panhandlers are on busy street corners or standing/sitting in front of businesses to increase their chances of getting some hand-out. I encounter too many casual pedestrians just walking down the street, like me, asking for money in a way that comes off as to uncomfortable for me. Recently I was walking home and came across a store-front residence, where people live, and there was a guy standing in front of what I assume was a stair landing and he just ask me for spare change. In front of his home! Seriously, is this crappy economy this bad when citizens are panhandling in front of their home?
Now, lets pause. I don’t mind giving anybody my spare change to someone. It’s no big deal unless I really need the money for myself. (I’m not rich.)
I’m just beginning to sense a bad habit forming among people that comes off like a “third world” type of behavior. This is the USA for crying out loud! I’m not oblivious that America is in a Funk Economic Depression! If this country doesn’t get its economic affairs in order, this panhandling is going to become a bad habit. People need jobs & money so they won’t have to panhandle to every Tom, Dick & Harry.
I guess this ends my writers block. Until next time…
Yes! I said Funk Economic Depression. That’s not a mis-spelling of the F-word. We are in a Funk, you know that!
August 4, 2014
Blogging, Celebrity, Internet, zobop republic
Emma Watson, zobopian
Hey zobopians! Man, I’ve got a case of writers block like you wouldn’t believe! But I’ll get over it sooner or later. Meanwhile, I’ll just keep internet searching for more Emma Watson pictures. I know what your thinking, don’t ask. ;)
Above photo may be copyrighted by JustJared. If that’s not right, Oops, I don’t know! :)
July 21, 2014
Business, Capitalism, Economics, Government, Society, zobop republic
business, jobs, minimum wage, poverty
Hi there fellow zobopians! The debate about the Minimum Wage is full of lies.
Lie #1) Minimum wage pulls workers out of poverty. Most employees are getting few, if any, company-sponsored benefits like healthcare or paid time off Most workers are getting government benefits.
Lie #2) Minimum wage will kill jobs. Most profits low-wage labor go toward the salaries and bonuses of corporate executives.
Lie #3) Increasing minimum wage will impact small businesses. If or when wages go up, small businesses won’t feel the impact now, but it could change in the far future.
Lie #4) Most minimum wage workers are teenagers. Most workers are working women over the age of 20, usually the head of her family.
July 8, 2014
Blogging, Philosophy, Self Development, Society, zobop republic
book, creativity, health, Osborn, self improvement, zobopians
Hello world zobopians! I really had no idea what to title this blog post. If there’s a problem, then here’s the solution. Let’s take it from the top…
If you are sickly person; your SICKNESS is due to tension.
Your TENSION is due to frustration.
Your FRUSTRATION is caused by failure to overcome problems.
After I finished reading A. F. Osborn’s book “How to become more creative”, I discovered by mastering problems through creativity, we defeat frustration, then tension and overcome sickness.
Don’t forget to follow the #creativity tag on my twitter thread —> @zobop_republic